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NOPD Arrests Suspect in Aggravated Assault on South St. Patrick Street

by Aaron Looney

December 13, 2016

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Assault/Battery, Good Police Work, Third District

NOPD Arrests Suspect in Aggravated Assault on South St. Patrick Street

NOPD Third District officers arrested Jessica McPherson (DOB: 12-12-1978) on two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of simple battery stemming from an incident that occurred on December 12, 2016 in the 400 block of South St. Patrick Street.

At about 10:08 p.m., Third District officers responded to a disturbance call at the Mid-City Yacht Club, located at 440 St. Patrick Street. The manager of the location told police that a heavy-set white female wearing a black shirt and blue jeans arrived at the bar and began swinging a baseball bat at patrons, threatening to fight people. The manager said the woman then left the location, walking along Baudin Street.

At about 10:42 p.m., officers again received a call from the location on a second disturbance call. The caller said that the same female subject returned to the bar armed with a gun, and that patrons at the bar disarmed the woman and pinned her to the ground

When officers arrived, they found two male subjects restraining the female subject, later identified as McPherson. Officers took McPherson into custody and retrieved the baseball bat and firearm from the bar that witnesses said McPherson brandished before being subdued.

In questioning McPherson, officers observed her to be intoxicated from her slurred speech, unsteadiness on her feet and a strong smell of alcohol on her breath.

After further investigation, including speaking to witnesses, it was learned that McPherson allegedly threatened to kill patrons of the bar and reportedly physically assaulted a patron of the bar during the incident.

McPherson was arrested and booked into Central Lockup on the aforementioned counts.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Third District detectives at 504-658-6030. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.